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There are great benefits to connectedness, but we haven't wrapped our minds around the costs.

scrutiny by the slice
Topic: Miscellaneous 8:17 pm EDT, Oct  8, 2015

Deji Olukotun:

It's an insecure bundle of information following people around on the Web.

Zeynep Tufekci:

It's a pity that casinos have better scrutiny of their software than the code running our voting machines, cars and many other vital objects, including medical devices and even our infrastructure.

Emily Nussbaum:

I wonder if there's a way for us to be less comfortable as consumers ... to crave purity, naive as that may sound.


Who are ZERODIUM's customers? ZERODIUM customers are major corporations in defense, technology, and finance, in need of advanced zero-day protection, as well as government organizations in need of specific and tailored cybersecurity capabilities.

Fredric Jameson:

I merely want to remind us that cyberspace is a literary invention and does not really exist, however much time we spend on the computer every day.

Anna Eshoo:

Even a deli meat scale was compromised.

if you love cars so much
Topic: Miscellaneous 8:00 pm EDT, Oct  8, 2015

Emily Badger:

Improvements in road safety since the 1990s haven't been evenly shared. The biggest declines in fatalities have occurred among the most educated. As for people 25 and older with less than a high school diploma, fatality rates have actually increased over time.

Walter Kirn:

The desire to have not is a desire of the haves.

Mat Honan:

Cars are giant, inefficient, planet-and-people-killing death machines.

So go fuck a tailpipe if you love cars so much. Your love for cars doesn't supersede the lives of 1.2 million people who die in automobile accidents every year. It's not more important than the energy savings we'll get from not manufacturing 60 million or so vehicles every year that spend most of their time idle. Turned off. Parked.

John Tierney:

Here's some perspective: To offset the greenhouse impact of one passenger's round-trip flight between New York and London, you'd have to recycle roughly 40,000 plastic bottles, assuming you fly coach. If you sit in business- or first-class, where each passenger takes up more space, it could be more like 100,000.

we're always selling ourselves
Topic: Miscellaneous 7:58 pm EDT, Oct  8, 2015

Diana Saverin:

After graduation, the idea of moving to a city and getting an office job scared me much more than, say, bears. I could see the days soaring by there: a fluorescent-lit routine repeating itself for years.

Ken Auletta:

Larry Page suffered from Sergey Brin envy. Page had turned into what he had always admonished Googlers not to become: a bureaucrat. He was comfortable, and that made him uncomfortable.

William Deresiewicz:

We're all in showbiz now, walking on eggshells, relentlessly tending our customer base. We're all selling something today, because even if we aren't literally selling something (though thanks to the Internet as well as the entrepreneurial ideal, more and more of us are), we're always selling ourselves.

Andrew Hill:

If this is revolutionary, it may be the most tedious revolution yet.

a vertical nation moving horizontally
Topic: Miscellaneous 7:57 pm EDT, Oct  8, 2015

Wesley Morris:

Donald Trump is the pathogenic version of Obama, filling his supporters with hope based on a promise to rid the country of change.

Mike Berland, on Donald Trump:

He fills the Twitter stadium every day.

Wesley Morris:

We had never really had a white president until we had a black one.

Paul Krugman:

Race made Reaganism possible.

Wesley Morris:

We're a vertical nation moving horizontally. We're daring to erase the segregating boundaries, to obliterate oppressive institutions, to get over ourselves. The transition should make us stronger -- if it doesn't kill us first.

a sure sign that the people have spoken
Topic: Miscellaneous 8:39 pm EDT, Oct  5, 2015


It is our failure to avoid embracing fear and sensationalism that will be our undoing. We're still our own greatest threat.

Marilynne Robinson:

Fear operates as an appetite or an addiction. You can never be safe enough.

Threat Assessment:

Lisa: Uh, are you sure that's safe?
Kearny: Well it ain't gettin' any safer.

William Damon and Anne Colby:

Any democracy requires a minimum level of shared trust to function. We may be approaching that minimum level right now.


I'm confident that technology has improved the resources available to people if/when they choose to act. So far they don't need to, largely. Don't wish for times when they do.

Diana Kimball:

The thing about sharing is that once you get your hands on a general-purpose tool for collecting and presenting content, it's entirely possible that the audience you're most interested in sharing with will be your future self. Whenever a nominally social tool introduces a single-player, "private" mode, that's a sure sign that the people have spoken. What we wish for exposes us. Many people -- perhaps most -- just aren't ready to have their intentions exposed.

[But] the urge to enrich the Database of Intentions is irresistible.


Money for me, databases for you.

the city has chosen for you
Topic: Miscellaneous 7:41 am EDT, Oct  5, 2015

David Gelernter:

People ask where the Web is going; it's going nowhere. The Web was a brilliant first shot at making the Internet usable, but it backed the wrong horse. It chose space over time.

Albert Einstein:

The distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.

Marcia Bjornerud:

This planet is one mysterious peach.

James Gleick:

Some people say vast confusion like it's a bad thing.

Frans de Waal:

We keep assuming that there is a point at which we became human. This is about as unlikely as there being a precise wavelength at which the color spectrum turns from orange into red.

Amanda Petrusich:

American inertia moves in a single direction. There is only one way to ride off into a sunset.

From "Nihilistic Password Security Questions", by Soheil Rezayazdi:

On what street did you lose your childlike sense of wonder?

Rahul Kanakia:

When you go to sleep, you hear your neighbour arguing with his wife through the wall. He wants her to become a dancer, and she wants to sleep for a thousand centuries. You wish you had someone to argue with.

You live on a planet that is covered by a city, and the city has nine trillion inhabitants, and if you repeatedly bump into one of them, then you know that the city has chosen for you.

This is a mystical belief. The city bureaucrats insist that they do no choosing. They insist that the world is cruel and meaningless, and they say the only order is that which arises from a rigidly logical mind.

A-way, A-way, A-way. Some say the world will go on and on, extending into the foreverness, but you don't believe it.

In the meantime, you know that you are lonely.

are you missing out on something fundamental?
Topic: Miscellaneous 7:39 am EDT, Oct  5, 2015

P. W. Singer and August Cole:

In modern times, wars between sovereign states have generally been left to militaries and government intelligence agencies, but a cyber war will almost assuredly see civilians join the fight.

Micky McManus:

In 2010, ten billion microprocessors were manufactured; we made more transistors than we grew grains of rice.

David Gelles:

N.H.T.S.A. estimates that it has 0.3 staff members for every 100 fatalities in automobile crashes; the F.A.A. has at its disposal over 10,000 staff members for every 100 fatalities on commercial aircraft.

Simon Kuper:

Roads will soon probably kill more people than either AIDS or tuberculosis.

Jonathan Franzen:

They have adopted new technologies in pursuit of greater control, only to feel controlled by them ... They worry, often nostalgically, that they're missing out on something fundamental.

Emily Badger:

The most disadvantaged are more likely -- and have grown even more likely over time -- to die in car crashes than people who are well-off.

Marcelo Rinesi:

Is your self-driving car deliberately slowing down to give priority to the higher-priced models?

Richard Bejtlich:

The ability to inflict asymmetric cost on adversaries ... plays a role in the digital arena.

too many Nutella waffles
Topic: Miscellaneous 7:37 am EDT, Oct  5, 2015

Dara Lind:

In general, Americans think large societal issues are getting way worse than they actually are.

Alan Jacobs:

The more deeply embedded a person is in biker culture, the more he exists in a kind of parallel dimension, an alternate moral universe with its own laws and mores. That universe is a territorial shame-and-honor culture ...

Aamena Alshamsi et al:

Communication patterns of urban areas exhibit homophilous behavior. More precisely, happy urban areas tend to interact with other happy areas more than they interact with unhappy areas. Similarly, unhappy urban areas tend to interact with other unhappy areas more than they interact with happy areas.

Alene Tchekmedyian:

A Burbank man was charged Tuesday with punching a 78-year-old Costco shopper who confronted him about taking too many Nutella waffles from a sample cart, authorities said. If convicted, he faces up to 11 years in state prison.

a time, not so long ago
Topic: Miscellaneous 7:14 am EDT, Oct  2, 2015

Arthur Schopenhauer:

The art of not reading is a very important one. It consists in not taking an interest in whatever may be engaging the attention of the general public at any particular time. When some political or ecclesiastical pamphlet, or novel, or poem is making a great commotion, you should remember that he who writes for fools always finds a large public.

A precondition for reading good books is not reading bad ones: for life is short.

Joe Queenan:

I do not avoid books ... merely because I believe that life is too short. Even if life were not too short, it would still be too short to read anything by Dan Aykroyd.

Jonathan Franzen:

The appeal of [Sherry Turkle's] "Reclaiming Conversation" lies in its evocation of a time, not so long ago, when conversation and privacy and nuanced debate weren't boutique luxuries. It's not Turkle's fault that her book can be read as a handbook for the privileged. She's addressing a middle class in which she herself grew up, invoking a depth of human potential that used to be widespread. But the middle, as we know, is disappearing.

Horace Dediu:

Improvements which are not asked for but which change behavior suggest that the product is valued because it changes the buyer.

David Lazarus:

To be sure, time marches on. Yet for many Californians, the looming demise of the "time lady," as she's come to be known, marks the end of a more genteel era, when we all had time to share.

Mark Bittman:

I believe that there has to be a way to regularly impose some thoughtfulness, or at least calm, into modern life.

Maggie Jackson:

Despite our wondrous technologies and scientific advances, we are nurturing a culture of diffusion, fragmentation, and detachment. In this new world, something crucial is missing -- attention.

a pretty good strategy for getting through life
Topic: Miscellaneous 7:12 am EDT, Oct  2, 2015

Gary E. Sparks:

It's better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

Kathryn Schulz:

No language could have too many ways to express the pleasure of emotional, aesthetic, and intellectual connection -- or, for that matter, too many ways to simply say yes. Saying yes as often as possible is, famously, the first rule of improv, vital to maintaining energy, imagination, and humor. It is also, I have long thought, a sure sign that you're falling in love, not to mention crucial to sustaining that love over the long haul. And, while sometimes impractical, dangerous, or just plain dumb, saying yes to as much stuff as possible is, over all, a pretty good strategy for getting through life.

Lauren Clark:

It's good to have a plan, but if something extraordinary comes your way, you should go for it.

Sterling Hayden:

Which shall it be: bankruptcy of purse or bankruptcy of life?

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